Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/08/26

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Subject: Re: [Leica] CV 35/2.5 pancake lens
From: Peter Choy <>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2003 21:29:55 -0700 (GMT)


my guess is your eyes are probably just fine.

i think the CV 'pancake' is a neat little 
lens, but generally under-appreciated and now 
discontinued. same optics as the CV 35mm 
'classic,' but a favorite of mine for street work
because of its short focus throw. got one
when it first came out, had it appropriated by
my daughter who used it as her main lens
for a year of intensive immersion in china, and 
it is now serving another lengthy tour of duty as
my son's sole lens in africa. it's surprisingly sharp
and handles well when mounted on an M body or hexar rf, 
and it's pretty unremarkable looking (a plus in my view).
for most of my shooting it's easy to live with f2.5
when the max aperture performance is of a high enough
standard. admittedly we mostly shoot b&w with it 
so cannot comment knowledgably on its color rendition, 
but in b&w it can deliver fine detail and rich continuous tonality. when it was recently discontinued i picked up 
another one for myself because it's modestly priced and 
won't be seen again (plus my son will be in africe for 
a while).

peter choy
sf ca

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Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2003 18:05:22 -0400
From: Ernest Nitka 
Subject: [Leica] CV 35/2.5 pancake lens
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I just got this lens and find that wide open ( admittedly f/2.5) it's 
very sharp.  What am I missing?  I was not expecting a nice little lens 
for <$200 .  Are my eyes going bad?


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